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Coachella Picks 2015


Several friends have asked me to compile a list of my Coachella 2015 picks to use as a guide at the event. Despite the lackluster response to this year’s lineup, there are lots… Continue reading

First Aid Kit


With ’60s allure and old-school country twang, these songs are beautify melodic and lyrically poignant.

Dan Croll


Jovial, upbeat melodies reminiscent of a tropical vacation and sweet, honest-to-goodness lyrics make for a refreshing combination.

Dead Man’s Bones


It feels like I’m running through Sleepy Hollow, in black and white, listening to a scratchy old record of the Monster Mash.

Future Islands – Long Flight


Dismal, ’80s-style Dreampop.

The Weeks


If this is the future of Southern Rock, then I am on board.

RAC – Let Go


RAC always mixes songs with amazing beats at catchy hooks.

Rhye – Open


Rhye is one of those sexy, moody bands with jazzy vocals and electronic chill melodies.

Party Supplies – A Perfect Life


It feels like driving through town in a convertible after a rough patch and the clouds are just beginning to clear. The cool wind blowing through your hair, chilling your face and making your eyes water.

Foxygen


I love the nostalgia crossed freshness of anachronistic bands. It’s almost like you get to experience the past in a now kind of way.

The National – Don’t Swallow the Cap


The poetry here is deep and fluid.

Toro Y Moi – Girl Problems


This lo-fi ’60s vibe is so appealing.

Beach House – Norway


Melted harmonies and drenched chords with breathy vocals.

Broken Social Scene – Sweetest Kill


This song lingers in your mind spinning it’s dismal tale sweetly through your thoughts.

Generationals – I Never Know


This is the Rock ‘n’ Roll of our generation. The Generationals pull off a pretty cool tone with heavy use of electronic¬†beats. This time they’ve taken it back a little– turned up the… Continue reading

Mikhail Paskalev


Kind of like if Elvis and The Beatles had a baby. If you’re not dancing right now, you should probably check your pulse and make sure you’re still breathing.

Vampire Weekend – Step


The song, the melody, the lyrics, the beats–all are enough to make me more optimistic and centered in the moment.

Born Ruffians


Angsty, new age punk with introspective lyrics and pop rhythms.

Derrek Wayne – That’s the California Dream


A classic, noir take on the trials and tribulations of making it in Hollywood.

The Lumineers – Stubborn Love


If you decide to just sit down and really listen to a song, this would be it. Kill me with sorrow, and then lift me from the ashes. The Lumineers, Stubborn Love (2012).

Blood Orange


There’s a really great retro vibe– a cross between the ’80s and the glam-rock ’70s. It’s sassy, stylish and subdued.